Who should buy the Merrell Trail Glove 5

Buy the Trail Glove 5 if: 

  • you're looking for a minimalist running shoe
  • you need a trail shoe
  • you're a neutral runner
  • you appreciate a low-to-the-ground feel

Merrell Trail Glove 5 merrell logo

Who should NOT buy it

Don't get the Merrell Trail Glove 5 if you need a cushioned trail shoe. If you want utmost protection, there are other trail running shoes to consider.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 cushioned running shoe

Trail Glove 5 vs. 4

If you're a fan of the fourth version of the Merrell Trail Glove collection, then you'll definitely love its fifth edition. It's an even better update: 

  • amped-up traction, thanks to the Vibram outsole
  • more breathable 
  • a snugger fit
  • pronounced comfort

Merrell Trail Glove 5 vibram outsole

Traction and protection combined

Made with Vibram outsole, the Trail Glove 5 from Merrell is not only very grippy; it's also built to last. Even after miles of testing on rough terrains, many experts report that they barely see any wear on the outsole. 

Merrell Trail Glove 5 traction

Thanks to the shoe's claw-like lug pattern, multiple trail runners commend its grip. Even on loose surfaces, they "never lost" their footing. 

Can go beyond the trail running

Apart from trail running, the Trail Glove is also perfect for light hiking, urban walks, and light exercises on groomed trails. 

Merrell Trail Glove 5 lockdown

Fits like second skin

The upper molds to the shape and contours of the foot. According to many, the upper stretches so well; it fits like a sock. 

Merrell Trail Glove 5 fit

There's no need to worry about slips

Apart from the shoe's form-fitting upper, there are also some overlays that add structure. This locks the foot in place, preventing slips. 

Merrell Trail Glove 5 overlays

Even when running sharp turns, runners say their strides remain steady. What's more is it doesn't restrain the foot's motions. 

The Trail Glove 5 is practically weightless

At 6.9 oz, the Merrell Trail Glove 5 is "insanely light," reviewed various testers. And on the run, it's "even lighter," they said. 

Merrell Trail Glove 5 forefoot

Offered at a pocket-friendly price

The Trail Glove only retails for $100. 

Appealing to eyes

There are a lot of runners who are "blown away" by the shoe's minimal design and eye-catch color schemes. 

Merrell Trail Glove 5 lacing system

The Merrell Trail Glove 5 is scratchy

Because the collar is too high, a portion of the shoe's interior rubs uncomfortably against the skin.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 cushion

Doesn't bend easily

Although equipped with several flex grooves, critics still find the shoe's outsole "stiff." They attribute this to the rock plate that is inserted in the sole unit. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 196g / Women 170g
Drop: 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Merrell Trail Glove 6
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 12mm

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Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.